BREAKING: NJC Makes U-turn, Suspends Seven Arrested Judges

By Ikenga Chronicles November 3, 2016

The National Judicial Council(NJC)has on Thursday evening backtracked by suspending seven senior judges arrested in October by the Department of State Security Service for alleged corruption.

The NJC had earlier refused to suspend the judges because of lack of evidence.

The latest decision came after the council’s 7th meeting between Wednesday and Thursday.

A communique issued at the end of the meeting, and signed by NJC’s Director of Information, Soji Oye, said the decision was taken to avoid allowing persons under investigation to partake in presiding over judicial matters at the same time.

“Council also decided that Judicial Officers shall not be standing trial for alleged corruption related offences and be performing judicial functions at the same time,” the communique said.

“Council however decided that it will ensure that Judicial Officers who are being investigated for alleged high profile criminal offences do not perform judicial functions until their cases are concluded.”

More later…

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